St. Augustine, FL – The office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) hosted a comprehensive recovery assistance center in St. Augustine today for residents affected by Hurricane Matthew. Due to high demand, the event remained open overtime, and by last count at least 257 Floridians had been assisted, including 201 requiring specific assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
A local seafood establishment was forced to lay off its employees due to the storm's impact on the business, and about half of them sought temporary unemployment assistance.
“I want to thank all the agencies and local officials who came out today to assist the people impacted by Hurricane Matthew, and especially the agencies and case workers that stayed well past the scheduled closing time to make sure everyone who came was served,” said Rubio. “When a natural disaster like this strikes, it's the role of government at all levels to provide a safety net to help our people get back on their feet and coordinate a response that ensures they are able to do just that. As our state continues recovering from Hurricane Matthew, my office stands ready to assist with any needs that may arise or any problems people encounter with getting stuff done.”
Photos above courtesy of the office of Senator Marco Rubio.
Rubio thanks the following organizations, companies, and federal, state and local agencies who participated today:
American Red Cross
Florida SBDC Network
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)
Florida Department of Elder Affairs
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)
Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Consumer Services
St. Johns County Animal Control
People’s Trust Insurance Company
CareerSource North Florida
The Salvation Army
Securities First Insurance Company
Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc.
Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company
American Integrity Insurance Company of Florida
Citizens Property Insurance Corporation